Beşiktaş may have lost the scorers of 43 goals from last season as a trio of stars left, but they've brought in seven new signings to bolster themselves. They currently sit third in the Turkish Super Lig after a comfortable 3-1 win on Saturday. Striker Cenk Tosun has 4 goals in 3 matches and will be hungry to score his first ever Champions League goal on Tuesday. With Napoli and Benfica the clear favorites for this group - heroics at Estádio da Luz would go a long way to getting Beşiktaş into the knockout rounds for the first time ever. Benfica have had a relatively comfortable start to the season and will have an eye on their big match against Braga on the weekend. While you'd expect them to get full points at home (they did nearly knock Bayern out in the quarters last year), Benfica cannot afford to sleep on what could quickly become an upset.
Benfica won their second straight Primeira Liga title last season, with a +66 goal difference along the way. Meanwhile in the Champions League, they had a notable win against eventual runners-up Atletico Madrid and managed a draw against Bayern in the quarter-finals, eventually losing 2-3 on aggregate. In the offseason, as Europe’s biggest clubs did their annual summer prowl of Portugal, Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan and the Euros’ Young Player of the Tournament Renato Sanches departed. Without major reinforcements (other than some of the best looking kits in the world this season), they’ll rely on Jonas, who has scored 52 goals in 61 appearances for Benfica.
After six straight seasons outside the Champions League, the Black Eagles are back after qualifying directly to the group stage by winning the Turkish Super Lig. They’ll begin the campaign without Mario Gomez, who scored 26 goals in the league last year before deciding to leave for Wolfsburg in the offseason after the failed Turkish coup. They boast a wealth of young Turkish talent, however, in attacking midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup and forward Cenk Tosun. Veteran winger Ricardo Quaresma will provide experienced leadership after winning Euro 2016 with Portugal this summer.
Averages nearly a goal a game for Benfica, but has only appeared 12 times for Brazil.
Has been selected for three straight Brazilian World Cup squads.
An attacking mid and Arsenal academy product, Özyakup has appeared over 110 times for Beşiktaş at just 23.
The tricky winger has appeared over 50 times for Portugal, winning Euro 2016 this summer.